Pastéis de Nata (Portugese Tarts)

Pastéis de Nata (Portugese Tarts)

These Pastéis de Nata have perfectly crispy pastry, creamy custard filling every time.


  • 250ml milk
  • 1 lemon, zest
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 30g plain flour
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 75ml water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 320g puff pastry


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. To make the custard, heat the milk in a saucepan on a low heat with 2 big strips of lemon zest and the cinnamon stick. Bring to a simmer and remove the lemon zest and cinnamon stick.
  3. Mix the milk with flour and stir until it forms a smooth paste and return to the heat and whisk constantly for a couple of minute until it thickens
  4. In a separate saucepan heat the water and the sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Then bring to the boil for 2.5 minutes until it form a clear thick syrup.
  5. Whisk the sugar mixture in to the milk mixture and allow to cool slightly.
  6. Ina bowl whisk the egg yolks and slowly add in the milk mixture and pour into a jug to cool.
  7. Roll the puff pastry up and slice in to 20 discs. Flatten the disc into each of the tart tin moulds and use a wet finger the push the pastry out to the edges.
  8. pour the custard into the pastry cases and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the custard is caramelised and set.
  9. Dust on cinnamon and serve.


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